I Know What You Did This Summer

As we head back to school for the fall, it’s a great time to look back over the summer and think about new friends made, trips taken and lessons learned. Here in Fernie, summer has gone from being our slow season/going away time just a few years ago, to a hyped-up sun-fest you just don’t want to miss; from Canada Day celebrations on July 1, right through to Labour Day weekend in early September.

Over the years the weekly Concert Series at Station Square has built from a small concert to a big attraction complete with supporting DJs and a collection of food trucks. This year hasn’t disappointed, with huge crowds gathering to catch up and enjoy the live show. At Wapiti on August 9-10, we were not deterred by a brief evacuation caused by a passing lightning storm. Although Yes We Mystic’s set had to be cancelled, the show was back on in under two hours and the crowds quickly returned to the park to be wowed by a massive ensemble finale hosted by My Son the Hurricane when the already huge band invited many of the weekend’s other performers up on stage for a supercharged rendition of ‘Waterfalls.’ If you didn’t make it to Wapiti this year, be sure to get your tickets early for next year – both days sold out in record time.

The summer weather also caused a few delays to the start of the popular 2knee Tuesday bike race series, but competition was underway by mid-July. At the time of writing after five of seven races, Dre Nimmo leads the women’s field in this seriously uncompetitive (or if you like, un-seriously competitive) series by a huge margin, with Ryan Cowie leading Strahan Loken by just two points in the men’s field. The sun baked slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort brought back the weekly Thursday night race series once again, with the addition of the new bi-weekly North Face trail running race adding to the mix.

All over town there have been new and old events to enjoy over the summer, from splash parties for little ones, mountain market treasures to discover, the attraction of the Show n’ Shine to the big hits including the Elk Valley Ultra and BC Cup downhill mountain bike race. Smoky skies returned in August, but the trails, river and downtown remain as busy as ever. As we head into September, mark your calendar for the return of the Indie Films Fernie – now on the second Sunday each month, bonus opening every weekend in September at Fernie Alpine Resort, and Island Lake Lodge open all the way until thanksgiving! There’s so much to enjoy this month including the Demo Derby, Tears & Gears, Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair, all your favourite big mountain bike races, Lobsterfest at Cirque and Gillbilly to round out the month. How do you fit it all in?